San José, California – February 15, 2012
History San José will host a Bay Area Youth Art Month Exhibition in conjunction with the California Art Education Association, opening in the Gallery at the Pacific Hotel at History Park in March and running through mid-May.
"This valuable collection of art by the best of Bay Area Youth artists fulfills the mission of History San José's education programming," said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José (HSJ), "and encourages creativity by the artists of tomorrow."
Youth Art Month is a nationally recognized observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children, and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Supported by the National Art Education Association and in California by the California Art Education Association, the Northern Area chapter will host the exhibition featuring some of the best art by Bay Area students, Kindergarten through Grade 12.
"The Northern Area of California Art Education Association is pleased to bring to the South Bay some fabulous two-dimensional and three-dimensional art for exhibition," said Barbara Purdy, Art Department Head at Presentation High School, and chapter event organizer.
The curated youth art show will include awards for art in four grade-level categories: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and and high school grades nine through twelve. Awards will be given in each category at a Sunday, March 18 afternoon reception from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Gallery at the Pacific Hotel in History Park.
Sargent Art will award prizes to teachers of the first place winners in each category. The student winner from each Area exhibition advances to the state level and one of these students, along with a parent and their teacher, will be awarded a trip to New York through the support of Sargent Art.
The exhibition will open at the Gallery at the Pacific Hotel in History Park in Kelley Park, located at 1620 Senter Road, between Phelan and Keyes Avenues. The Galleries at History Park are open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 AM to 5 PM, and the Museum Shop and O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor are open 11 AM to 4 PM.